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. the words of defense secretary leon panetta warning syrian president assad against using chenlcle weapons on his own people. pentagon sources tell nbc news that the syrian government has loaded sarin gas, a deadly nerve agent, into aerial bombs and is awaiting orders from president assad to use it. michael o'hanlon of the brookings institution joins us now. mike, every day it seems the urgency grows on the syrian crisis. how is the u.s. dealing now with this very real threat apparently of chemical weapons? >> hi, martin. well, i don't know how we're dealing with it at the military planning level but certainly as you mentioned, at the political level there are clear threats and the united states would have to do something if assad decided this was his hail mary attempt to slow down the insurgency in an effort to destroy them. i think if that happened what we would do at a minimum would be to attack from the air any known chemical weapon depots. then the question becomes can we really just do that, make a statement, and go home or are we now essentially involved in the conflict at least up
that the president has made some reference to the possibility of president assad or the fear, the rumor, that president assad might use chemical weapons against his own people, and we know, of course, saddam hussein do that against the kurds. what is the president saying about the prospect of that? >> reporter: well, some tough talk just a few minutes ago. president obama saying that if, in fact, the administration receives serious evidence that syria is, in fact, using chemical weapons, moving chemical weapons, that that would be a red line for this administration. now, we pressed white house press secretary jay carney on this point earlier and said, what specifically does a red line mean and what would the consequences be? the administration being fairly tight-lipped about that, but president obama just a few minutes ago saying the world is watching, and essentially that this administration will not tolerate that type of behavior from syria. >> indeed, a busy afternoon. thanks so much, kristin. kristin welker at the white house and we'll be right back. you ever notice that some people
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